When TAPS Public Transit last conducted its triennial review, the results showed a laundry list of issues ranging from excess cash issues to insufficient control and late preventative maintenance for vehicles. Three years later, the latest review showed only one infraction.
The TAPS Board of Directors recently received an update on the just-finished review. The review initially found three deficiencies, but two of these infractions have since been corrected. None of the issues mentioned in the review were related to the organization’s financing, record keeping or its grant writing processes.
“We have received word that two of these findings have since been closed out,” Transdev General Manager Scott Walker said. “So, we only have one final item regarding excess vehicles inventory.”
The deficiencies were last discussed during the board’s August meeting as the finalized form of the report was being reviewed. At the time, Walker noted that the three deficiencies were issues that could easily be resolved, or TAPS was already in the process of resolving.
Since the last update, TAPS has resolved issues related to civil rights policy documents that needed updating, and requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Walker said TAPS has updated its resolutions regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The title prohibits discrimination “on the basis of race, color and national origin” for programs that receive federal funding. As a part of these updates, drivers have now been given information related to clients with limited English proficiency and a new complaint process for individuals with limited English skills has been added.
TAPS has also taken steps to better advertise and post its policies regarding the ADA. This includes additional information on the buses themselves.
Walker said TAPS is still looking to address a concern regarding the size of its fleet, and bringing it down to meet the organization’s current service levels. TAPS has worked to transfer or decommission buses in its fleet since late 2015, following a financing crisis that resulted in the scaling down of TAPS services. The crisis ultimately resulted in Collin County and McKinney ending service contracts with TAPS.
Recently, the transit agency signed an agreement with the Denton County Transit Authority for the transfer of 12 buses from TAPS. These buses are primarily designed for urban streets, and would have been misused on much of TAPS’ service area.
In a separate action Monday, the board authorized the transfer of two additional buses to the city of McKinney, which has recently started its own services. The McKinney City Council has already voted to approve the transfer, Walker said.
With this reduction of fleet, Walker said he plans to meet with representatives for the Federal Transportation Administration soon to see whether this final finding can be resolved.